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‘Make patients aware about diabetes’

  • Published at 12:51 am April 12th, 2019
Diabetes fair
Speakers at the diabetes fair at Krishibid Institute, Dhaka on Thursday, April 11, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Around 9 million people in Bangladesh are aware of the disease while another 9 million do not know whether they are suffering from it

Diabetes being a silent killer has become an epidemic. One in every 16 people suffer from diabetes with 0.1 million developing the disease every year.

Around 9 million people in Bangladesh are aware of the disease while another 9 million do not know whether they are suffering from it. 

The prevalence of the disease has already become alarming and if the same pace continues, it may be a nightmare in future, having this in mind, Congressia, a non profit organisation arranged a three-day fair at the Krishibid Institute in the city on April 11.

Several pharmaceuticals companies participated in the fair with their products. The slogan of the first ever diabetic fair is “My diabetes, my responsibility.”

Fight against diabetes has not achieved a proper result as patients in Bangladesh are not aware about the disease. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are likely to be the biggest epidemic in human history, while  Diabetes has been seriously underrated as a global public health issue and the world can no longer ignore “the rise and rise” of type 2 diabetes. 

Developing countries at high risk

AK Azad Khan, president of Diabetic Association, said people from the developing countries are at high risk than the developing countries.

“The lifestyle of developing countries has changed dramatically. People are trying to adopt a developed lifestyle and food habits have also changed.” 

People with diabetes can live a healthy life. But they have to be aware about the disease, Azad Khan said.

It is troublesome as it curtails the liberty a disease free person can enjoy. A patient finds himself or herself under regular routine.

“It is a disease which is not curable. But people can still live healthy life if they follow proper routine regarding their diet. But awareness is the prime necessity to live healthy life,” he said.

Awareness programs

He also claimed that they have arranged two programs in rural areas to tackle the disease. 

Through the programs they are trying to make people aware about diet related diabetes and pregnancy related diabetes with the help of Imams of mosques and marriage registrars.   

A health centre also will be set up in mosque to make people aware about the fatal disease.

Dr Fazle Rabbi Khan, coordinator of the fair, said the fair will help diabetic patients how to maintain their daily routine. 

In 2040, there will be 1.40 crore diabetic patients in Bangladesh while there will be 550 million around the world, he informed.

Cultural Affairs Minister Assaduzaman Nur as the chief guest at the program urged people to be aware about the disease and to live active life to prevent diabetes.

Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman and actor Mamunur Rashid were present at the program, among others. 

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